The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 56th Annual Nebula conference (June 4-6) will be held online this year (as it was last year) and the 2020 Nebula Awards will be announced on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
Today let’s talk about the finalists for Best Short Story and Best Novelette. We’ll talk about other categories in a future column.
Here are the finalists in these categories. Click the links to read our reviews and get the links to the stories. Most can be read for free online.
BEST SHORT STORY:
- Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse by Rae Carson, Uncanny
- Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math by Aimee Picchi, Daily Science Fiction
- A Guide for Working Breeds by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, Solaris
- The Eight-Thousanders by Jason Sanford, Asimov’s
- My Country Is a Ghost by Eugenia Triantafyllou, Uncanny
- Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell, Diabolical Plots
- Stepsister by Leah Cypess, F&SF
- The Pill by Meg Elison, Big Girl, B&M Press
- Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super by A.T. Greenblatt, Uncanny
- Two Truths and a Lie by Sarah Pinsker, Tor.com
- Where You Linger by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Uncanny
- Shadow Prisons by Caroline M. Yoachim, Dystopia Triptych
Here are our favorites (hover for title & author, click for our review):
Which are your favorites? Which stories have you read? Who do you predict will win?
Give us your thoughts and predictions in the comments. One random commenter with a USA mailing address will choose a book from our stacks. (If you’re outside the USA, we’ll send you a $5 Amazon gift card.)
Good luck to all the finalists!